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20th Anniversary Celebration: Make Yourself Heard

Over the past two years, we’ve re-imagined St. Petersburg Conference Center as a place not just for the legal community, but for everyone. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, and to celebrate our new vision for SPCC, we’ll be opening our doors this Fall for a networking open house. In the mean time, we’re going to highlight all the new and exciting changes and updates we’ve made.

 

You’ve worked hard on your presentation, and you don’t want your guests to miss a word you say.  That’s why we have the equipment on hand to provide you with that extra volume you need.

Fender is one of the most famous names in sound and music equipment. Our Fender amplifier has simple, easy-to-access controls if you need to change your volume at any time — but don’t worry, our staff will be on hand to set everything up for you, and you don’t have to touch a thing unless you want to!

We have microphone options for every style. Go handheld if you like, or use one of our microphone stands. If you need to be mobile, we also have a wireless option with a lavalier microphone that clips right to your lapel.

 

Feedback is vital to SPCC’s continuing growth. If you’ve used us recently and wished we had something you need, or if you’re looking for a place that offers something specific, reply to these emails at any time with your suggestions and comments. We would love to hear from you!

Zoom Tips and Tricks #4: How to Annotate a Document in Screen Share

We’ve talked in the past about ways to share screen effectively and smoothly in a Zoom proceeding. But what happens when you need your Screen Share to do more than just show your document? What if you need to highlight, or circle, or make notes in real time as you share?

Our in-house legal videographers see this need all the time. Attorneys often rely on exhibits to have the witness testify with confidence — particularly in situations such as car crashes and other personal injury lawsuits. At an in-person deposition, it’s easy for the videographer to zoom in on the lane of traffic the witness is pointing to in a diagram, or the cracked sidewalk that they circle in a photo.  In person, there is no miscommunication.

On Zoom, this simple, ordinary practice becomes so much harder.  It often turns into the attorney asking the witness if they’ve put their cursor arrow in approximately the right place, and making a statement about the record reflecting where they’ve put the cursor. It can get awkward when the witness has trouble describing exactly where they need the arrow, or perhaps the witness isn’t too clear and the attorney can’t quite figure out what they mean.  It becomes a frustrating, time-wasting experience for all, and leads to a messy record.

However, it doesn’t have to be. Zoom has an option to make annotations to the shared screen that all participants can see, which can then be saved for future reference. It’s an incredible little tool that very few people know about. While we consider this tip to be of particular use to attorneys, Annotate has a wide variety of features that can be applied to many types of Zoom meetings.  Annotating is simple and can be extremely helpful in remote settings.

 

ZOOM TIP #4

How to Annotate a Document in Screen Share

 

Start by sharing your document. The Zoom toolbar will move to the top of your screen. On the right side of that toolbar, find the little pencil icon that says Annotate.  When you click that, another toolbar will appear with options. You can add text, draw freehand, and more:

 

Annotate your document as needed. The other participants will be able to see what you are doing in real time. And don’t worry about errors — Zoom offers both an Eraser and an Undo button. If you want to save your annotations (such as in the case of a deposition exhibit, where it is helpful to retain a marked-up copy), click the Save button on the right of the Annotate toolbar. Choose the format by clicking the down-arrow next to the Save button. You can choose between PNG and PDF. The image will save to your computer.

We recommend trying out the Annotate options before your meeting, if it is possible, so that you can get a feel for the tools. The good news is that they are straightforward and operate like any other program on your computer, but like we always suggest in our Zoom tips, practice helps!

Happy Zooming!

20th Anniversary Celebration: Expanding Our Online Presence

Over the past two years, we’ve re-imagined St. Petersburg Conference Center as a place not just for the legal community, but for everyone. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, and to celebrate our new vision for SPCC, we’ll be opening our doors this Fall for a networking open house. In the mean time, we’re going to highlight all the new and exciting changes and updates we’ve made.

 

 

It’s 2022, and having a good online presence is as important to businesses as the products they sell. Take a look through all the ways we’re staying connected to our clients and promoting our services, then click these links to check it out for yourself (and follow us!). we do a lot of cross-posting but social media is just that–social. We want to connect with you in every way we can.

Facebook

Our Facebook page is a great way to get some quick info on us. Find our address, email, and phone number, and click the Google Map to see where we are and get directions. We also advertise events happening at our center on behalf of our clients, and we post pictures after!

 

Instagram

Our Instagram made its debut recently and we’re very excited. We update it with current promotions and offers, highlight features of our center, and advertise upcoming events. We’re having fun getting the word out and making connections. 

 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to connect with fellow professionals. We love expanding our network and keeping on top of the accomplishments of the people we know.

 

Website

We’ve put a lot of work into revamping our website this past year. You can now find everything you need to know in one great location: our daily and hourly conference and board room rates, our seminar/event space rates, everything you need to know about our legal services, and our blog. These blog posts are written by one of our in-house videographers and created from ideas and comments contributed by all of our employees.

 

Feedback is vital to SPCC’s continuing growth. If you’ve used us recently and wished we had something you need, or if you’re looking for a place that offers something specific, email us at any time with your suggestions and comments. We would love to hear from you!

The 4 Best Ways to Avoid Zoom Audio Problems

Two years into remote and hybrid work, one would think that by now Zoom meetings and presentations should go smoothly every time. But the truth is, remote work is more complex than ever.

For one, Zoom continues to add and expand features. While it’s great that the platform continues to become more versatile, the interface is now more complicated to navigate. Not to mention the fact that expectations have increased. You’ve been working from home for two years? Surely you must be a multimedia genius by now!

The fact of the matter is that unless you’re trained in production or performance, presenting remotely while also keeping an eye on multiple computer screens, monitoring your audio and video, and handling audience participation do not come easily. Our videographers have backgrounds in television and theatre production, and even they prep and practice for complicated jobs. We’re all human, we’re all trying, and sometimes technology gets the best of us.

Still, there are plenty of simple things to keep in mind that add very little prep work but pay off greatly, and will make you look and sound like the professional you are. Last time, we talked about a no-hassle way to switch to phone audio on Zoom. We wanted to expand a little to talk about audio in general. Here are four suggestions to prevent problems that will take some of the stress out of your next virtual meeting.

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Join Us in Celebrating 20 Years in Business

 

For the past two years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to re-imagining St. Petersburg Conference Center as a place not just for the legal community, but for everyone. We’ve hosted training seminars, networking events, planning meetings and more alongside our attorney and court reporter clients.

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, and to celebrate our new vision for SPCC, we’ll be opening our doors this fall for a networking and open house event. In the mean time, we’re going to highlight all the new and exciting changes and updates we’ve made.

We want your help and input, too! If you have used SPCC recently and wish we had something specific for you, or you are constantly trying new venues because you need something that no one offers, tell us! We are always looking to improve and enhance. Email us at info@spconferencecenter.com at any time with your suggestions and comments. SPCC is continuing to evolve to serve you best so that you can focus on what matters: your work and your clients.